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Aung Sun Su Kyi is still imprisoned and had asked the people to boycott elections. A reporter inside told CNN that the response was not so bad from where he was but I think from the faces and skin of the people it seemed that a lot of them have suffered unbearable violence. This has been reported continuously even from the Muslim Karen community who are misnamed Nepalese or Bengalis in Karachi that unimaginable violence and repression is used unashamedly by the Myanmar army regime.
As regards Iran India is on good terms with Afghanistan government , Iran government and is even accused of destabilizing the Baluchistan province of Pakistan.
The US and NATO forces may be suffering some losses but would be foolish to leave the region any time soon. The matters are too serious and somehow the surge will have to continue. The spill over effects in Pakistan as quoted by Kazi Hussain Ahmed of Jamaate Islami are not because of the presence of these forces but is part of a larger Al-Qaeda/ Islamist plan to take over the region of Afghanistan & Pakistan and establish an Islamic Caliphate. This kind of movement will intensify if these forces leave early.
The talks with Taleban should not be a no no but the other stake holders like the Pakistan army who are directly fighting the Pakistani militants have to be consulted.
US realizes the strategic importance of a stable Pakistan and it did emphasize this to India in order to bring the Kashmir problem to focus. With the Republicans taking over the lower house and the elections in two years time, we have to hope that Afghanistan is stabilized by that time. Any move to inflame Iran at this time will again reverse any gains made maybe more severely than the silly but dangerous war opened in Iraq. With the bombings and killings of Shias by Sunnis in Iraq , this same kind of scenario will become common in Iran which will be very dangerous for this nuclear armed region.
Pakistan must do its part to bring stability in the region by taking head on the militant and terror groups but that to me seems impossible as this society is too polarized with small vested interest groups in all its makeup.